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Recruiting in the UK: The Post-Brexit Shake-Up

Recruiting in the UK: The Post-Brexit Shake-Up

Free movement of EU nationals ended on 31 December 2020. This means that EU nationals no longer have the automatic right to remain living and working in the UK. At the same time, the UK Government has overhauled the current visa regime, with the new rules taking effect from 1 January 2021.

These new requirements apply to all non-UK nationals (both EU and non-EU) who need a visa to come and work in the UK.

This marks a massive change in the compliance requirements for anyone recruiting in the UK.

We will help you understand the key issues and provide guidance for navigating these changes successfully.


We will look at:

What changed on 1 January 2021?

How do these changes impact on your existing EU national employees?

What do the new immigration requirements mean for recruiting new staff?

What is Settled/Pre-Settled Status and who needs to apply for it?

What is a Frontier Worker Permit and who is eligible for one?

Does your business need to obtain a sponsor licence?

What are the requirements of the new Skilled Worker visa route?

What additional compliance obligations does your business face and what are the penalties for getting it wrong?

How should you be preparing for these changes?


Laura Darnley, Legal Director, Brabners